By Portia Williams
The Scioto County chapter of the American Cancer Society pressed on through the rain with its annual Relay For Life event at the Scioto County Fairgrounds. Rosie Williams, chairperson for the Scioto County American Cancer Society, said the 2014 Relay For Life event experienced a decrease in fund raising from last year’s event.
“We had quite the thunderstorm in the afternoon which probably dampened things a little bit. We raised right under $84,904. Actually, we are down from last year. Last year we raised about $102,000,” Williams said.
She attributes the decrease in this year’s fund raising for the Relay to the current state of economics overall.
“I think that economically, it is tougher for people. The dollar just isn’t going as far as it used to. I think it is just tougher for many people to have the excess of funds to help in different events,” she said.
The cancer survivor dinner was very well attended this year with more survivors participating.
“The dinner this year is the most that we have had. We provided a survivor dinner to any cancer survivor and a care giver. We probably had 150 cancer survivors, plus care givers, so it was quite the turnout. The rain didn’t dampen that part,” she said.
The Relay event included live entertainment, as well as a live auction.
“Then throughout the evening we had Doc Roc and the Remedies, the Mighty Fine, and BJ Cantrell, and then we had a live auction which Don Ratchford was our auctioneer. The live auction raised $3,000,” she said.
She said there was a series of other fund raising efforts throughout the evening during the event.
“The event also included several teams that set up tents, and we did fund raising throughout the evening through food, and games and so forth,” she said.
She said the money raised this year will be divided between the American Cancer Society and the local community.
“It goes to the American Cancer Society, but half of it is maintained in our community. The rest of it is used for research and development programs for cancer patients who may not have insurance, or things that the insurance doesn’t cover and for research,” she said.
She said the American Cancer Society seeks to obliterate the disease of cancer.
“All of our lives have been touched by cancer in some form or fashion, whether its ourselves, or a loved one, whether they are still living, or have passed on. We are trying to put an end to cancer, so that we don’t have to continue to lose those that we love from cancer. Hopefully, in the future, less people will have to die from the disease,” she said.
Portia Williams can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 286, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.